Heat wave continues in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 4 (IANS) The heat wave continued in Odisha on Wednesday as 12 places recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, officials said.

The western town of Sonepur recorded the highest temperature of 44.2 degrees, followed by Titlagarh at 43.5 degrees and Angul at 42.7 degrees.

State capital Bhubaneswar recorded 41.5 degrees Celsius, said a bulletin from the Met office here.

The Met office predicted that several parts of the state may experience rainfall in the next two days.

The state government said it has received unconfirmed reports of 152 deaths due to sunstroke, but confirmed only 14 deaths due to heat stroke.

As many as 62 deaths occurred due to other reasons, said an official from the special relief commissioner’s office.

–IANS

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